When Langston Dances (Hardcover)
Flipping through the pages of this book, I was reminded of the first time I witnessed the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; seeing the limber bodies of these dancers interpreting the joyous and sometimes even sorrowful songs of my ancestors through movement. I saw myself differently afterward. And though I'm not the greatest dancer, the tradition of rhythmic movement is glorious. To see this represented in a children's book for young black boys brought a smile to my face.— Jonathan P.
Langston likes basketball okay, but what he loves is to dance—ever since he saw the Alvin Ailey Dance Company perform. He longs to twirl into a pirouette, whirl into a piqué. He wants to arabesque and attitude, grand battement and grand jeté. When he walks, the whole street is his stage.
With his neighborhood cheering him on, will Langston achieve his dream?
Keith Mallett has been drawing and painting for as long as he can remember. The NAACP Image Award-nominated artist and designer has created posters and fine art prints for more than forty years. As guest artist, he crafted the 2017 Google Doodle commemorating Martin Luther King Day. Keith Lives in San Diego with his wife and German Shepherd.
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Mallett’s lively, realistic illustrations, characterized by airbrushed strokes and dynamic dancers of varying skin tones, help further bring the story to life. Notable is Langston’s unwavering passion for ballet—and his mother’s just as steadfast support—in this richly affirmative picture book."
— Publishers Weekly, starred review